Computex 2021 is one of the most anticipated trade shows in the PC hardware space. After missing the live event for a few years now because of the ongoing pandemic, the show is back in an online format where the biggest players in the PC industry announced their new hardware to offer to consumers.
Here are some of the new product announcements that we deemed important for PC hardware enthusiasts.
AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution
FSR (FidelityFX Super Resolution) is AMD’s answer to NVIDIA’s DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling), which allows graphics cards to raise in-game frame rates without losing much graphics quality and fidelity. This is very interesting because NVDIA has been selling DLSS as a feature if you actually buy a GeForce RTX graphics card, but here AMD is doing the opposite of that. AMD apparently will make this feature available to support AMD graphics cards and GeForce graphics cards as old as the GTX 10 Series (Pascal). They are making FSR openly available to developers to integrate in their games to benefit gamers regardless if they are using AMD or not.
I get the feeling the AMD is memeing on NVIDIA because if this is at par with DLSS (or maybe better?) in terms of graphics performance and quality (DLSS 1.0 was embarrassingly bad btw), it would mean that developers won’t really have much of an incentive to integrate a proprietary tech in their game engines if an alternative that is just as good is openly available at their disposal. That, and the fact that AMD gave fresh support to GTX 10 series graphics cards where NVIDIA is almost at the point of implementing their planned obsolescence.
Time will tell if FSR is actually good, and that is something we are looking forward to checking out.
AMD Radeon RX 6000M GPUs are coming to gaming laptops
Gaming laptops have no doubt became more popular ever since the start of the pandemic, and even more when PC hardware shortages led to extremely high prices because of high demand. Many PC gamers nowadays consider getting a gaming laptop because they are frankly more available than graphics cards, and gaming laptop prices didn’t really change much over the course of the ongoing pandemic.
So here we see AMD now challenging NVIDIA in the gaming laptop market by launching the Radeon RX 6800M, 6700M, and 6600M. Powered by RDNA 2 architecture, AMD promises that these graphics cards will have 1.5x more performance than the previous RX 5000M laptop GPUs and will have a more efficient power consumption of less than 43% TGP than other laptop graphic cards.
Ryzen 5000 APUs
Another announcement where AMD is giving PC gamers a real solid despite the crazy state of the PC hardware market right now is by finally releasing Ryzen APUs with the Zen 3 architecture and Radeon graphics. Having high-core count and high-performance processors with Radeon Integrated graphics (packed with eight and seven CU’s, respectively) will allow gamers to play PC games within reasonable framerates despite not having a dedicated graphics card.
Priced at an SRP of $359 and $259, respectively, the Ryzen 7 5700G and 5600G are a far cry from the budget APUs we know from way back, but it’s a welcome addition to the Ryzen family with a reasonable upgrade path.
Future Ryzen processors receive a great boost thanks to AMD’s 3D V-Cache
This one, we’ll have to have a different avenue for discussion but TLDR is that AMD’s found a way to stack a 64mb 7nm SRAM directly on top of each Ryzen core complex to effectively increase the speed of it’s L3 cache and boost performance. We’ll probably discuss more on this at a later date.